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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Reply #25)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 12:02 PM

41. Excellent observation

--I agree. I think there are deep anti-social aspects to the kind of wealth hoarding we see in the US today. And the Corporates themselves are reaping BIG profits off the general anxiety about the rest of us having enough to live on.

Imagine--NOT worrying about your most basic needs being met, even if you fall ill or become destitute.

It changes everything about how people view each other and treat each other. For example, my health insurance policy is far less adequate than my sister's, but I am stuck with it. Breeds resentment. OTOH my friend who has had no insurance, has always resented me for having any at all (he finally got Obamacare after 25 years with no coverage). These inequities over basic life support issues--hurt all of us.

I agree with you--there is very little REAL sense of community, where people pull together for the common good, where people trust others instead of being suspicious of everyone's motives, where people can really do kind things (time is money--can't waste it on do-gooderism). But even if you want to invest in friends and neighbors or other groups (ie community) --it is very naive NOT to be suspicious in a country this corrupt where everything is reduced to Buyer Beware. Others may well take advantage of you if you are in any way perceived as overly generous (for example with your time, which is all I have to give, not money). We all learn to be street smart and skeptical of everything. In America the concept of community does not involve commitment. It does not involve give and take. It's often ephemeral, just a veneer. This article says 40% of Americans meet the definition of lonely.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303936904579177700699367092

Or am I wrong about this and most people have no idea what I'm talking about?

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